Shattered Vows by Linda LaRoque
Publisher: Prayers & Promises Publications
Publication Date: November 10, 2014
Format: Paperback - 188 pages
Kindle - 1365 KB
Nook - 215 KB
Genre: Inspirational Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book excerpt tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Annie and Stuart Rayburn have loved each other since high school. Their life is idyllic until their baby dies of SIDS, and Annie falls into a deep depression. Months of therapy help her recover, and they look forward to another child sometime in their future.
Despite his own grief Stuart tries to comfort Annie, yet when he reaches for her in the night, his advances are rebuffed. In a moment of weakness, he turns to another woman. Stu learns his night of infidelity produced a baby girl. The mother died in a car crash, and her will gives Stu custody.
Stu can’t deny the child is his, and he’s determined to raise her. He begs Annie’s forgiveness. Hurt and angry, Annie must face her demons, decide if she can forgive Stu, and love the innocent child, or divorce him and move on without the only man she’s likely to love.
My Book Review:
Shattered Vows is an inspirational story that follows the emotional journey of a couple who face very serious and traumatic circumstances that shattered their vows, and test the strength and stability of their marriage.
Annie and Stuart Rayburn had the perfect marriage until traumatic circumstances causes cracks in their marriage. Devastated by the death of their baby to SIDS, the couple struggle with their grief and the ability to move forward in their marriage. Stuart becomes frustrated by Annie's inability to cope and withdrawal from him that he seeks comfort in the arms of another woman. Stuart's infidelity comes to light when the woman he had an affair with had his baby and dies in a car accident leaving him with custody of the baby. As Annie and Stuart struggle with the circumstances that arose in their marriage, they embark on an emotional journey to work together to save their marriage through faith, strength, and love.
Shattered Vows is a beautifully written story that easily draws the reader into Annie and Stuart's story. You can't help but feel compassion and empathy for this couple as they struggle to keep their marriage alive after tragic circumstances and crises causes enough cracks in their relationship that it could ultimately destroy their marriage. As Annie and Stuart embark on their journey to save their marriage, their choices and decisions will ultimately determine if their faith and love is strong enough to sustain life's hardships.
Author Linda LaRoque weaves an inspirational tale that is realistic and thoughtful. The emotional issues that the couple faced in their marriage is easy to relate to, and engages the reader to ponder what would they do if these circumstances occurred in their own marriage. As the couple struggles with heartbreak, grief, temptation, betrayal, and disappointment, they learn that the strength of their faith and love can instill enough forgiveness and hope for a reconciliation that could repair their shattered marriage vows.
Shattered Vows is an emotional story of one couple's journey to overcome the crises and challenges that test their love, faith, and strength of their marriage. This is a compelling story that will pull at your heartstrings, stir your soul, and resonate with you for a very long time.
RATING: 5 STARS
About The Author
Linda LaRoque is a Texas girl, but the first time she got on a horse, it tossed her in the road dislocating her right shoulder. Forty years passed before she got on another, but it was older, slower, and she was wiser. Plus, her students looked on and it was important to save face.
A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.
Linda writes contemporary western romances, time travel romances and futuristic romances. Shattered Vows is her first Inspiration Women's fiction.
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